Dikembe Mutombo
Mutombo in 2012
Personal information
Born (1966-06-25) June 25, 1966 (age 57)
Kinshasa, Congo-Kinshasa
NationalityCongolese / American
Listed height7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight260 lb (118 kg)[1]
Career information
High schoolInstitute Boboto (Kinshasa, DR Congo)
CollegeGeorgetown (1988–1991)
NBA draft1991: 1st round, 4th overall pick
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career1991–2009
Career history
19911996Denver Nuggets
19962001Atlanta Hawks
20012002Philadelphia 76ers
2002–2003New Jersey Nets
2003–2004New York Knicks
20042009Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points11,729 (9.8 ppg)
Rebounds12,359 (10.3 rpg)
Blocks3,289 (2.8 bpg)
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Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (born June 25, 1966) is a Congolese-American former professional basketball player. Mutombo played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "Mount Mutombo" for his defensive prowess, he is commonly regarded as one of the best shot-blockers and defensive players of all time. He received the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times, tied with Ben Wallace and Rudy Gobert for the most awards. Mutombo led the NBA in blocked shots three times, led the league in rebounds twice, and was named to eight All-Star teams. On January 10, 2007, Mutombo reached second place on the list of NBA career leaders in blocked shots. Outside of basketball, he is well known for his humanitarian work.

A 7-foot-2-inch (2.18 m), 260-pound (120 kg) center, Mutombo moved to the United States from the Democratic Republic of the Congo at age 21 to play college basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas. In 1991, the Denver Nuggets chose Mutombo with the fourth overall pick of the NBA draft. During his NBA career, he played for six teams. Mutombo played in the NBA Finals for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2001 and for the New Jersey Nets in 2003.

At the conclusion of the 2009 NBA playoffs, Mutombo announced his retirement. His number 55 jersey has been retired by both the Denver Nuggets and the Atlanta Hawks. Mutombo was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 11, 2015.

Early life

Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo was born on June 25, 1966, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo[2][3] as one of 10 children of Samuel and Biamba Marie Mutombo.[4][5][6] His father worked as a school principal and then in Congo's department of education.[7] Mutombo speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and five Central African languages, including Lingala and Tshiluba.[8][9] He is a member of the Luba ethnic group.[10] For high school, Mutombo went to Boboto College in Kinshasa to lay the groundwork for his medical career as the classes were more challenging there. He played football and participated in martial arts.[7] At around age 16, Mutombo decided to also work on his basketball career at the encouragement of his father and brother due to his height.[7][11] He moved to the United States in 1987 at the age of 21 to enroll in college.[12]

College career

Mutombo attended Georgetown University on a USAID scholarship. He originally intended to become a doctor, but the Georgetown Hoyas basketball coach John Thompson recruited him to play basketball.[13][14] He spoke almost no English when he arrived at Georgetown and studied in the ESL program.[15][16] During his first year of college basketball as a sophomore, Mutombo once blocked 12 shots in a game.[17] Building on the shot-blocking power of Mutombo and teammate Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown fans created a "Rejection Row" section under the basket, adding a big silhouette of an outstretched hand to a banner for each shot blocked during the game.[18][19] Mutombo was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year twice, in 1990 (shared with Mourning) and in 1991.[20]

At Georgetown, Mutombo's international background and interests stood out. Like many other Washington-area college students, he served as a summer intern, once for the Congress of the United States and once for the World Bank.[21] In 1991, he graduated with bachelor's degrees in linguistics and diplomacy.[22][23]

Professional career

Denver Nuggets (1991–1996)

Mutombo playing for the Denver Nuggets against Olden Polynice of the Clippers

In the 1991 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets drafted Mutombo with the fourth overall pick.[24] The Nuggets ranked last in the NBA in opponent points-per-game and Defensive Rating,[25] and Mutombo's shot-blocking ability made an immediate impression across the league. He developed his signature move in 1992 as a way to become more marketable and gain product endorsement contracts.[26] After blocking a player's shot, he would point his right index finger at that player and move it side to side.[27] That year, Mutombo starred in an Adidas advertisement that used the catchphrase "Man does not fly ... in the house of Mutombo", a reference to his prolific shot-blocking.[28] As a rookie, Mutombo was selected for the All-Star team and averaged 16.6 points, 12.3 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game.

Mutombo began establishing himself as one of the league's best defensive players, regularly putting up big rebound and block numbers. The 1993–94 season saw Denver continue to improve with Mutombo as the franchise cornerstone. During that season, Mutombo averaged 12.0 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game and 4.1 blocks per game.[29] With that, he helped the Nuggets finish with a 42–40 record and qualify as the eighth seed in the playoffs. They were matched up with the top-seeded 63–19 Seattle SuperSonics in the first round.

After falling to an 0–2 deficit in the five-game series, Denver won three straight games to pull off a major playoff upset, becoming the first eighth seed to defeat a number one seed in an NBA playoff series.[30] At the end of Game 5, Mutombo memorably grabbed the game-winning rebound and fell to the ground, holding the ball over his head in a moment of joy.[31] Mutombo's defensive presence was the key to the upset victory; his total of 31 blocks remains a record for a five-game series.[28] In the second round of the playoffs, the Nuggets fell to the Utah Jazz, 4–3.

The following season, Mutombo was selected for his second All-Star game and received the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Denver failed to build on its success from the previous playoffs, as Mutombo lacked a quality supporting cast around him. During his last season with the Nuggets, Mutombo averaged 11.0 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game and a career-high 4.5 blocks per game.[32]

At the conclusion of the 1995–96 season, Mutombo became a free agent, and reportedly sought a 10-year contract, something the Nuggets considered impossible to offer. Bernie Bickerstaff, then the Nuggets' general manager, later said not bringing back Mutombo was his biggest regret as GM.[33]

Atlanta Hawks (1996–2001)

After the 1995–96 NBA season, Mutombo signed a 5-year, $55 million free agent contract with the Atlanta Hawks.[34][35] He and Hawks All-Star Steve Smith led Atlanta to back-to-back 50+-win seasons in 1996–97 (56–26) and 1997–98 (50–32). Mutombo won Defensive Player of the Year both years, continuing to put up excellent defensive numbers with the Hawks. In the 1997 NBA Playoffs, the Hawks defeated the Detroit Pistons in five games. In Game 1 of that series, Mutombo led all scorers and rebounders, with 26 points and 15 rebounds respectively, in a 89–75 win over the Pistons.[36] In the next round, despite Mutombo averaging a double-double and 2.6 blocks per game, the Hawks lost in five games to the defending champion Chicago Bulls.[37] The following season, on April 9, 1998, Mutombo scored 20 points and grabbed 24 rebounds in a 105–102 loss to the Indiana Pacers.[38] That season ended in disappointment for Mutombo and the Hawks, as despite finishing with a similar record to the previous season, Mutombo averaged only 8.0 points and 12.8 rebounds a game while the Hawks lost to their division rival Charlotte Hornets three games to one in the first round.[39] During the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, he was the NBA's IBM Award winner, a player of the year award determined by a computerized formula. That year, the NBA banned the Mutombo finger wag, and after a period of protest, he complied with the new rule.[40]

In what was his last full season with the Hawks during the 1999–00 season, Mutombo averaged 11.5 points per game, a career and league-high 14.1 rebounds per game and 3.3 blocks per game. On December 14, 1999, Mutombo scored 27 points, on 11-for-11 shooting from the field, grabbed a season-high 29 rebounds and recorded a game-high 6 blocks to pull out the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[41]

Philadelphia 76ers (2001–2002)

Mutombo with the 76ers in 2002

At the February 2001 trade deadline, the Hawks traded Mutombo to the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers, along with Roshown McLeod, in exchange for Toni Kukoč, future teammates Pepe Sánchez and Nazr Mohammed, and injured center Theo Ratliff.[42] One week earlier, Mutombo played in the All-Star game; he led the game with 22 rebounds and 3 blocks. Along with game MVP Allen Iverson and coach Larry Brown, both of the 76ers, the East rallied from a 95–74 fourth-quarter deficit to win 111–110 on Mutombo and Iverson's strong performances.[43] After the game, rumors began of a trade sending Mutombo to Philadelphia.[44] With Ratliff out for the remainder of the year, the Sixers needed a big man to compete with potential matchups against Western Conference powers Vlade Divac, Tim Duncan, David Robinson or Shaquille O'Neal, should they reach the NBA Finals.[45]

In arguably his best season as a pro, Mutombo earned his fourth Defensive Player of the Year award that season. During the 2001 playoffs, they defeated the Indiana Pacers in 4 games, Toronto Raptors in 7 games and Milwaukee Bucks in a 7-game series. During Game 7 against the Bucks, Mutombo scored 23 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and blocked 7 shots to win the series.[46] Mutombo helped the Sixers reach the NBA Finals. After pulling off an upset and winning Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers (the only playoff game the Lakers lost in 2001), the Sixers lost the next four games and the series. Matched up against Shaq, Mutombo averaged 16.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. A free agent, he re-signed with the Sixers after the season to a four-year, $68 million contract.[47]

The 2001–02 season marked the final time in Mutombo's career that he averaged double-digit points or rebounds, as he started 80 games for Philadelphia, although they lost in the first round of the playoffs.

New Jersey Nets (2002–2003)

On August 7, 2002, Mutombo was traded to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for future teammate Keith Van Horn and Todd MacCulloch.[48] The Nets were coming off a sweep in the Finals where they were overmatched by Shaq, and brought in Mutombo as the missing piece to a championship,[49] similar to what the Sixers did two seasons prior. Mutombo however spent most of the season dealing with a nagging wrist injury that limited him to just 24 games.[50] He was generally unable to play in the playoffs, typically serving as a sixth man during the Nets' second consecutive Finals run (they lost to the Spurs in six games).[51] After one contentious season in New Jersey, the Nets bought out the remaining two years on his contract.[52]

New York Knicks (2003–2004)

In October 2003, he signed a two-year deal with the New York Knicks.[53] After a dominant performance against the crosstown rival New Jersey Nets that included 10 blocks, Knicks fans began waving their fingers at Mutombo. He chose to respond in kind after a referee told him that as long as the gesture was not directed at a particular player, the league would not punish him.[40] In August 2004, the Knicks traded him to the Chicago Bulls, along with Cezary Trybański, Othella Harrington and Frank Williams in exchange for Jerome Williams and Jamal Crawford.[54]

Houston Rockets (2004–2009)

Prior to the 2004–05 season, the Bulls traded Mutombo to the Houston Rockets for Mike Wilks, Eric Piatkowski and Adrian Griffin.[55] Yao Ming and Mutombo formed one of the NBA's most productive center combos. In his first season with the Rockets, Mutombo averaged 15.2 minutes per game, 4.0 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game. The Rockets lost in the first round to the Dallas Mavericks.

Mutombo with the Houston Rockets in 2006

On January 10, 2007, in a 102–77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers, Mutombo recorded five blocked shots and surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in total career blocked shots, trailing only Hakeem Olajuwon.[56]

On March 2, 2007, in a win over the Denver Nuggets at age 40, Mutombo became the oldest player in NBA history to record more than 20 rebounds in a game, with 22.[57]

In the 2007–08 season, Mutombo received extensive playing time when Yao went down with a broken bone and averaged double digits in rebounding as a starter. In midst of a 10-game winning streak at the time of Yao's injury, Mutombo stepped in and helped the Rockets win 12 more games to complete a 22-game winning streak, then a team record.[58][59]

After contemplating retirement and spending the first part of 2008 as an unsigned free agent, on December 31, 2008, Mutombo signed with the Houston Rockets for the remainder of the 2008–09 season. He said that 2009 would be his "farewell tour" and his final season; he was the oldest player in the NBA in 2009.[60] In Game 1 of Houston's first-round playoff series against Portland, Mutombo played for 18 minutes and had nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.[61]

In the second quarter of Game Two, Mutombo landed awkwardly and had to be carried from the floor. After the game, he said that surgery was needed and that his NBA career was over.[60][62] It was later confirmed that the quadriceps tendon of his left knee had been ruptured.[63] Mutombo announced his retirement on April 23, 2009, after 18 seasons in the NBA.[62]

Player profile

Mutombo playing for the Houston Rockets in 2006

The 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (120 kg), Mutombo played center, where he was regarded as one of the top inside defenders of all time. Nicknamed "Mt. Mutombo", his combination of height, power and long arms led to a record-tying four NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards, a feat equaled only by Ben Wallace and Rudy Gobert. Mutombo was among the top three players in Defensive Player of the Year voting for nine consecutive seasons from 1994 to 2002.[64][65][66][67][68][69][70][71][72] Staples of Mutombo's defensive prowess were his outstanding shot-blocking and rebounding power. Over his career, he averaged 2.8 blocks and 10.3 rebounds per game. Mutombo blocked 3,289 shots; as of August 2023, he is second all-time in blocked shots behind Hakeem Olajuwon.[73] Mutombo is the 20th-most-prolific rebounder ever.[74] He was also an eight-time All-Star and was elected into three All-NBA and six All-Defensive Teams.[75] Along with his defensive prowess, Mutombo also contributed offensively, averaging at least 10 points per game until he reached age 35.[75]

Mutombo also achieved a certain level of on-court notoriety. After a successful block, he was known for taunting his opponents by waving his index finger, like a parent reproaching a disobedient child. Later in his career, NBA officials responded to the gesture with a technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct. To avoid the technical foul, Mutombo took to waving his finger at the crowd or the TV cameras after a block, which is not considered taunting by the rules.[76] Additionally, his flailing elbows were known for injuring several NBA players, including Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing, Chauncey Billups, Ray Allen, Yao Ming, LeBron James and Tracy McGrady. His former teammate Yao Ming made a joke about it: "I need to talk to Coach to have Dikembe held out of practice, because if he hits somebody in practice, it's our teammate. At least in the games, it's 50/50."[77]

The Atlanta Hawks retired Mutombo's number 55 jersey on November 24, 2015,[78] and the Denver Nuggets did the same on October 29, 2016.[79]

On September 11, 2015, Mutombo was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[80]

Mutombo received the Sager Strong Award on June 25, 2018.[81]

Personal life

Mutombo speaks at a 2006 press briefing

In 1987, Mutombo's 6-foot-10-inch (2.08 m) older brother, Ilo, began playing college basketball in Division II for the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles as a 26-year-old freshman. The brothers played against each other in a 1990 college basketball game at the Capital Centre.[82]

Mutombo met his wife, Rose, during a visit to Kinshasa in 1995. They live in Atlanta and have three children together.[83] They also adopted four children of Rose's deceased brothers.[84][85]

Mutombo's son, Ryan Mutombo, was ranked as the 16th-best high school center in the United States. In 2021, he committed to attend Georgetown University and play for its basketball team.[86] As of August 2023, Mutombo, who is 7 feet 2 inches (2.18 m), has played two seasons for Georgetown.[87]

Two of Mutombo's nephews, Harouna Mutombo and Mfiondu Kabengele, have played professional basketball. Harouna Mutombo was the leading scorer for the Western Carolina Catamounts in 2009 and was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year;[88] he later played professional basketball in Serbia.[89] Mfiondu Kabengele played college basketball at Florida State University and was the 2018–19 ACC Sixth Man of the Year.[90] He later was drafted in the first round of the 2019 NBA draft and signed a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers;[91] since then, he has played in the NBA for the Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.[92] Another of Mutombo's nephews, Haboubacar Mutombo, also played basketball for Western Carolina.[89][93]

In July 2001, at the federal trial of an Atlanta club owner charged with facilitating prostitution, a former stripper testified that she and two others once performed oral sex on Mutombo at The Gold Club.[94][95][96]

Mutombo is a naturalized American citizen.[97][98][99]

Mutombo witnessed the 2016 Brussels bombings at Brussels Airport on March 22, 2016. Shortly after the bombings, he posted a report on his Facebook page saying that he was safe.[100]

On October 15, 2022, Mutombo announced that he was undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.[101]


Mutombo made a cameo appearance in the 2002 films Juwanna Mann and Like Mike, which also mentioned his name in its theme song "Basketball".[102][103]

In 2012, Mutombo lent his voice and likeness to a 16-bit-style Flash game released by Old Spice humorously titled Dikembe Mutombo's 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World.[104]

Mutombo appeared in a GEICO auto insurance commercial in February 2013, parodying his shot-blocking ability by applying it to real world situations.[105]

Mutombo co-starred with Kevin Harvick in a Mobil 1 commercial for its annual protection brand, saying "Don't change your oil."[106]

Mutombo had a brief cameo in the 2021 film Coming 2 America as himself.[107]

Humanitarian work

Mutombo speaks to the Senegalese population about the importance of sleeping under mosquito nets

A well-known humanitarian,[108] Mutombo started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve living conditions in his native Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. His efforts earned him the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2001 and 2009. For his feats, Sporting News named him as one of the "Good Guys in Sports" in 1999 and 2000,[109] and in 1999, he was elected as one of 20 winners of the President's Service Awards, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service.[109] In 2004, he participated in the Basketball Without Borders NBA program, where NBA stars like Shawn Bradley, Malik Rose and DeSagana Diop toured Africa to spread the word about basketball and to improve the infrastructure.[109] He paid for uniforms and expenses for the Zaire women's basketball team during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.[109] Mutombo is a spokesman for the international relief agency, CARE and is the first youth emissary for the United Nations Development Program.[85]

Mutombo is a longtime supporter of Special Olympics and is currently a member of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors, as well as a Global Ambassador.[110] He has been a pioneer of Unified Sports, which brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities. He also played in the Unity Cup in South Africa before the 2010 World Cup Quarterfinal, along with South African President Jacob Zuma and Special Olympics athletes from around the world.[111] Mutombo joined his second Unity Cup team in 2012.[112]

In honor of his humanitarianism, Mutombo was invited to President George W. Bush's 2007 State of the Union Address and was referred to as a "son of the Congo" by the President in his speech.[113] Mutombo later said, "My heart was full of joy. I didn't know the President was going to say such great remarks."[114]

On April 13, 2011, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health gave Mutombo the Goodermote Humanitarian Award "for his efforts to reduce polio globally as well as his work improving the health of neglected and underserved populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo."[115] Michael J. Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, said "Mr. Mutombo is a winner in many ways—on the court and as a humanitarian. His work has improved the health of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center is a model for the region. Likewise, Mr. Mutombo has been instrumental in the fight against polio by bolstering vaccination efforts and bringing treatment to victims of the disease."[115]

In 2020, the Mutombo Foundation began construction of a modern pre-K through 6th-grade school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Named for his father, who died in 2003, the Samuel Mutombo Institute of Science & Entrepreneurship is located outside the city of Mbuji-Mayi.[116][117]

Mutombo was awarded an honorary doctorate by Georgetown University in 2010.[118] He also received an honorary doctorate from Haverford College in May 2011.[119] In November 2015, the NCAA announced Mutombo as a recipient of its Silver Anniversary Awards for 2016. The announcement cited both his basketball career and extensive humanitarian work.[120]

Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital

In 1997, the Mutombo Foundation began plans to open a $29 million, 300-bed hospital on the outskirts of his hometown, the Congolese capital of Kinshasa. Ground was broken in 2001, but construction didn't start until 2004, as Mutombo had trouble getting donations early on although he personally donated $3.5 million toward the hospital's construction.[85] Initially Mutombo had some other difficulties, almost losing the land to the government because it was not being used and having to pay refugees who had begun farming the land to leave. He also struggled to reassure some that he did not have any ulterior or political motives for the project.[85] The project has been on the whole very well received at all social and economic levels in Kinshasa.[85]

On August 14, 2006, Mutombo donated $15 million to the completion of the hospital for its ceremonial opening on September 2, 2006. It was by then named Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, for his late mother, who died of a stroke in 1997.[121]

When it opened in 2007, the $29 million facility became the first modern medical facility to be built in that area in nearly 40 years.[122] His hospital is on a 12-acre (49,000 m2) site on the outskirts of Kinshasa in Masina, where about a quarter of the city's 7.5 million residents live in poverty. It is minutes from Kinshasa's airport and near a bustling open-air market.

National Constitution Center

Mutombo serves on the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which is a museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.[123]


In 2011, Mutombo also traveled to South Sudan as a SportsUnited sports envoy for the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, he worked with Sam Perkins to lead a series of basketball clinics and team-building exercises with 50 youths and 36 coaches. This helped contribute to the State Department's mission to remove barriers and create a world in which individuals with disabilities enjoy dignity and full inclusion in society.[124]

Ask The Doctor

In April 2020, Dikembe Mutombo officially joined the team at Ask The Doctor as their chief global officer. Ask The Doctor is a platform that connects people from all over the world to top doctors and healthcare professionals.[125]

Economic development and gender parity

In 2021, he created his eponymous coffee company, initially focused on the Congo, to foster women growers' participation in international commerce.[117]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 *  Led the league

Regular season

1991–92 Denver 71 71 38.3 .493 .000 .642 12.3 2.2 .6 3.0 16.6
1992–93 Denver 82 82 36.9 .510 .000 .681 13.0 1.8 .5 3.5 13.8
1993–94 Denver 82 82 34.8 .569 .000 .583 11.8 1.5 .7 4.1* 12.0
1994–95 Denver 82* 82* 37.8 .556 .000 .654 12.5 1.4 .5 3.9* 11.5
1995–96 Denver 74 74 36.7 .499 .000 .695 11.8 1.5 .5 4.5* 11.0
1996–97 Atlanta 80 80 37.2 .527 .000 .705 11.6 1.4 .6 3.3 13.3
1997–98 Atlanta 82* 82* 35.6 .537 .000 .670 11.4 1.0 .4 3.4 13.4
1998–99 Atlanta 50* 50* 36.6 .512 .000 .684 12.2 1.1 .3 2.9 10.8
1999–00 Atlanta 82 82* 36.4 .562 .000 .708 14.1* 1.3 .3 3.3 11.5
2000–01 Atlanta 49 49 35.0 .477 .000 .695 14.1 1.1 .4 2.8 9.1
2000–01 Philadelphia 26 26 33.7 .495 .000 .759 12.4* .8 .3 2.5 11.7
2001–02 Philadelphia 80 80 36.3 .501 .000 .764 10.8 1.0 .4 2.4 11.5
2002–03 New Jersey 24 16 21.4 .374 .000 .727 6.4 .8 .2 1.5 5.8
2003–04 New York 65 56 23.0 .478 .000 .681 6.7 .4 .3 1.9 5.6
2004–05 Houston 80 2 15.2 .498 .000 .741 5.3 .1 .2 1.3 4.0
2005–06 Houston 64 23 14.9 .526 .000 .758 4.8 .1 .3 .9 2.6
2006–07 Houston 75 33 17.2 .556 .000 .690 6.5 .2 .3 1.0 3.1
2007–08 Houston 39 25 15.9 .538 .000 .711 5.1 .1 .3 1.2 3.0
2008–09 Houston 9 2 10.7 .385 .000 .667 3.7 .0 .0 1.2 1.8
Career 1196 997 30.8 .518 .000 .684 10.3 1.0 .4 2.8 9.8
All-Star 8 3 17.5 .595 .000 .750 9.3 .3 .4 1.2 6.3


1994 Denver 12 12 42.6 .463 .000 .602 12.0 1.8 .7 5.8* 13.3
1995 Denver 3 3 28.0 .600 .000 .667 6.3 .3 .0 2.3 6.0
1997 Atlanta 10 10 41.5 .628* .000 .719 12.3 1.3 .1 2.6 15.4
1998 Atlanta 4 4 34.0 .458 .000 .625 12.8 .3 .3 2.3 8.0
1999 Atlanta 9 9 42.2 .563 .000 .702 13.9* 1.2 .6 2.6 12.6
2001 Philadelphia 23 23 42.7 .490 .000 .777 13.7 .7 .7 3.1* 13.9
2002 Philadelphia 5 5 34.6 .452 .000 .615 10.6 .6 .4 1.8 8.8
2003 New Jersey 10 0 11.5 .467 .000 1.000 2.7 .6 .3 .9 1.8
2004 New York 3 0 12.7 .333 .000 1.000 3.3 .0 .3 1.3 2.3
2005 Houston 7 0 14.4 .545 .000 .769 5.0 .3 .3 1.0 3.1
2007 Houston 7 0 5.7 1.000 .000 1.000 1.6 .1 .0 .4 1.3
2008 Houston 6 6 20.5 .615 .000 .636 6.5 .3 .2 1.8 3.8
2009 Houston 2 0 10.0 .000 .000 .000 4.5 .0 .5 1.0 .0
Career 101 72 30.9 .517 .000 .703 9.5 .8 .4 2.5 9.1

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